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Rag Radio 2014-10-24 - Cesar Chavez Biographer Miriam Pawel with Poet/Critic Gregg Barrios

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Rag Radio 2014-10-24 - Cesar Chavez Biographer Miriam Pawel with Poet/Critic Gregg Barrios


Published October 24, 2014


Thorne Dreyer's guests are Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Miriam Pawel, author of "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez," and poet/critic Gregg Barrios. Pawel was a featured author at the 2014 Texas Book Festival in Austin, where she appeared in conversation moderated by Barrios. On Rag Radio, we discuss Pawel's latest book, "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez," the first biography of the founder of the United Farm Workers Union, and Barrios reads from his collection of poetry, La Causa.

Miriam Pawel is an author, journalist, and independent historian whose previous book -- "The Union of Their Dreams - Power, Hope and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement" -- was a groundbreaking narrative history. Pawel spent 25 years as an award-winning reporter who directed coverage that won Pulitzer prizes at Newsday for the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 and at the Los Angeles Times for the deadly 2003 wildfires. She has been a fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation and a John Jacobs fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies and was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to complete her work on the Chavez biography.

Gregg Barrios, a San Antonio-based journalist, poet, playwright, filmmaker, and critic, is a 2013 USC Annenberg Getty Fellow and serves on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. He has received a CTG-Mark Taper Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Grant, and a 2013 Artist Foundation Grant for his theater work. Most recently, Gregg has been commissioned to write a new play for the 2015 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and he recently made his acting debut in San Antonio. A Chicano activist in the '60s, Gregg Barrios was an original contributor to Austin's underground newspaper, The Rag, has contributed to The Rag Blog, its digital reincarnation, and has appeared twice before on Rag Radio.

Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ken Martin; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: ragradio@koop.org. Running time: 56:32.


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